- 1932 was the only year the Model B was produced.
- This was the auto industry’s first low-priced passenger car with a V-8 engine.
- The Model B was extremely popular with almost 300,000 built, requiring the production plant to operate at maximum capacity.
- This body has been highly duplicated in fiberglass for hot rodders and customizers.
Prior to the announcement of its V-8, Ford’s line consisted of what was known as the Model B, a stylized Model A in appearance with an improved 4-cylinder engine which developed 50 hp. Approximately 150,000 Model Bs were sold, in no small part because some “Doubting Thomas” customers were reluctant to purchase the untried V-8 powerplant.
Henry Ford realized that something bold was needed to revive interest in his cars and to meet the competitive threat from Chevrolet’s increasingly popular 6-cylinder car. Just another 6-cylinder would not create the desired effect, so he proceeded a step further.
On March 31, 1932, Ford Motor Company announced what was to be the automotive industry’s first low-priced passenger car powered by a V-8 engine. With a 221 cubic inch, 65 hp, L-head powerplant, it became evident almost immediately that Ford had fathered another winner, as he had with his 1909 Model T and the 1928 Model A. Almost 300,000 V-8s were sold during 1932. With that and the Model B, Ford was producing at maximum plant capacity. Model B production began and ended with the 1932 model year, leaving the new V-8 to carry the Ford banner. This body style became very desirable by hot rodders and customizers and has been highly duplicated in fiberglass over the years.